Navigating the legal side of power-based violence is complicated. The two definitions below are helpful for victims to know, because they impact next steps.
Protective Orders: These help protect survivors of power-based violence by ordering abusers not to abuse and to stay away from victims, victims' homes, victims' places of employment, etc.. Depending on the relationship between the victim and their abuser, these orders may also include other relief such as a child custody/visitation orders, financial support, use and possession of a car or pet, and more. Protective Orders may include other relief to protect survivors and are one part of a comprehensive safety plan.
Crime Victims' Rights: Victims have the right to be informed of the status of their criminal case, to be present in the courtroom, to give a Victim Impact Statement, to know when their abuser is released from jail or prison, and more. These rights are protected by law in Maryland, Virginia, and D.C. JCADA's attorneys can help victims assert these rights and advocate to prosecutors on behalf of survivors.